West Ham Looking to Replace Curbs
The Guardian claim that West Ham are actively looking for a replacement for Alan Curbishley. The paper claims to have been told this by "a highly placed source at the club", although the story may be inspired by recent supporter unrest.
They quote their source as saying, 'Curbishley may get until the end of the season, but other candidates are being considered. And he is aware of his situation.' The Guardian seem to suggest that Curbishley is partly held to blame for the extravagant wages that players have been signed on in the last year. For example they claim Ljungberg was given a four year contract of £80,000 a week. These deals were why Eggert Magnusson was forced out of the club and Curbishley could pay the same price.
The Guardian say that Curbs is cutting a distant figure at West Ham and he is usually locked away in his office. They say his awkward relationship with the players is exemplified by his nearly blowing the signing of Matthew Upson. Apparently Curbishley had a go at Upson when he turned up to sign for the club because of the way the defender was dressed. Curbishley had to be reminded by Upson's agent that they had to come down to London in a hurry.
All this could of course be rubbish but it does not help the quickly diminishing reputation of the West Ham manager. Mind you such is the fickle nature of football fans that a win tomorrow and the last two performances will be more or less forgiven.